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Roché Glacier

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Roché Glacier

Roché Glacier (Bulgarian: ледник Роше, ‘Lednik Roché’ \'led-nik ro-'she\) is the 5.8 km long and 2 km wide glacier draining the central part of Vinson Plateau in Sentinel Range, Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica. Its head is bounded by Mount Vinson to the north, Corbet Peak and Clinch Peak to the east, Wahlstrom Peak to the southeast, and Hollister Peak to the south, with the glacier flowing westwards and descending steeply north of Silverstein Peak to join Branscomb Glacier.

The glacier is named after the British pioneer of Antarctica Anthony de la Roché who discovered the first land in the Antarctic region (Roché Island, present South Georgia) in 1675.


Roché Glacier is centred at 78°32′10″S 85°38′30″W / 78.53611°S 85.64167°W / -78.53611; -85.64167. US mapping in 1961, 1988 and 2007.


  • Vinson Massif. Scale 1:250 000 topographic map. Reston, Virginia: US Geological Survey, 1988.
  • D. Gildea and C. Rada. Vinson Massif and the Sentinel Range. Scale 1:50 000 topographic map. Omega Foundation, 2007.


  • basic data in English)
  • SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.

This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.

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